I'm more of a cook than a baker. All my attempts at bread making ended in failure. I quit after several tries. The thing is, I've always dreamed of having fresh bread and I couldn't stop thinking of how this might be the solution to my problem. I finally took the chance and bought this bread maker at a great price. I skimmed through many recipes (online) and many suggested I weigh the flour instead of measure. I own a food scale but wanted to try a recipe with measurements vs weight. I used 3 cups of bread flour, which should weigh 381 grams. Before I put it in the measured flour into the bread machine I weighed it and I found the measurement to be 499 grams. I was hesitant, but decided to try it out anyways. Let me tell you, the bread maker sounded like a dryer that had a pair of shoes inside. It was making loud thunks. The blade kept on skipping cycles because the dough was too dense. It was a disaster. I threw out the dough before baking it. Horrible. I tried again and this time I weighed the flour. The end results was amazing, fluffy bread. I was so happy! I've used this machine for less than a week and I already made 5 loaves, cinnamon rolls, and bagels. All the reviews that say it made a horrible sound or the bread comes out flat, heavy, disfigured, etc I strongly suggest investing in a kitchen scale. They cost $10-$15. It will change the quality of your bread. This is the recipe I used over and over again and tweaked to make different kinds of bread. I got it off all recipes. Try it if you're unsatisfied with your machine. Good luck and happy baking!
Makes 1 1/2 lb loaf
1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 (.25 ounce) package bread machine yeast or 2 1/4 tsp jar yeast
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 cups bread flour or 381 GRAMS
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
Put wet ingredients in first then top with dry (follow the manual) and then select basic white bread. Don't forget to select 1 1/2 lb loaf. Select the crust color of your preference. Press start.